I’m probably confusing folks with the name. Here in Pennsylvania there are three common sculpin species, the Mottled sculpin, the Slimy sculpin, and the Potomac sculpin. The colors on this one, while it IS mottled, more closely mimic the Slimy sculpin. That’s the species I most often encounter (I think). It’s a darker species than the mottled but it’s got a more yellowish side and belly. If you had both species in a tank you could most likely tell them apart, but for me, they look too close to each other to say when I’m only looking at one species. That is of course unless you see a yellow rather than a cream belly. I’m guessing there’s a lot of stream to stream variation depending on the bottom coloration too which could confuse me. Probably presentation is more important than slight color variations.
Hi Rodney. Take a look at the “top view” post of this one to get a better understanding of the construction steps. The body is one piece of either Bernat Blanket Yarn (any craft store or fabric shop should carry this) or check out AC Moore’s Sweet Puff yarn (same thing, different names/makers).
Both are just large fiber chenilles. I taper one end of a piece of the yarn (6-8”) in a flame (like a Dragon Tail) then wrap the rest of the yarn up the hook shank. That’s all there is to it except to add some color via a perm marker.
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